We All Don’t Benefit
Here is a letter to the Sun-Sentinel:
Mr. Kaufman asks, “What happened to our wonderful country?” It’s not as simple as altering tax policy (Roll back tax codes to the good old days, August 7). Decisions made by the federal government over time, intended or not, encourage anti-competitive behavior on several fronts.
While we benefit from education, we don’t benefit from education monopolies. Since the inception of the federal Department of Education, we’ve spent nearly $100 billion. And yet test scores are stagnating, people lack school choice, costs are up, and teachers’ wages remain in question. The one-size-fits-all approach does not work for education, and we don’t all benefit from it.
Access to affordable healthcare for all would indeed be a great benefit, but we certainly don’t benefit from healthcare monopolies. Current laws protect insurance companies from competition, facilitating perpetual cost increases, and guarantying the industry 300 million clients. Government protectionism does not work for healthcare, and we don’t all benefit from it.
Knowing the certainty of American military protection, other industrialized nations eschew costly defense spending and instead provide their citizens with nationalized health care and pension plans through massive borrowing and taxation. Some of these countries, like Greece, are experiencing the blowback of unsustainable promises to its citizens. Top-down central planning does not work for retirement pensions, and we don’t all benefit from it.
Mr. Kaufman longs for the tax code of “the good old days when our country prospered;” however, taxes are a short sided distraction from the problems that we all don’t benefit from.
Craig D. Schlesinger